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On this day in football history
- 1902 In the annual match for the Sheriff of London Shield, which was contested annually between the top professional and top amateur side, Totenham Hotspur beat Corinthians 5-2. At the time Spurs were members of the Southern League and holders of the FA Cup. Corinthians were also very strong and had beaten Aston Villa 1-0 to win the Shield in 1900. In 1904 they beat Bury 10-3 and the latter had won the FA Cup in 1903 by a record 6-0 margin when they defeated Derby County.
- 1935 Tottenham Hotspur transferred Eugene "Taffy" O'Callaghan to Leicester City. A clever inside-forward and former Welsh schoolboy international he made his League debut in 1926-27 and played so well that Jimmy Seed was never able to regain his place. Won his first full cap for Wales in 1929 and eventually won 11 caps up to 1935. He appeared in 252 League matches and scored 89 goals for Spurs before his move to Filbert Street. Went to Fulham in the autumn of 1937 and remained there until the outbreak of the Second War. His total League record read 125 goals in 375 appearances. After the War he became Fulham coach and was a great influence on the young Johnny Haynes. "Taffy" died in the summer of 1956 at the age of just 49.
- 1954 Jack Froggart, who was capped 13 times by England between 1950 and 1953 at both outside-left and later centre-half, transferred from Portsmouth to Leicester City. Joined Pompey at the end of the Second War and was in their Championship sides of 1948 and 1949. Remained with City until 1958 when he moved to Southern League Kettering Town as player manager. He played 422 League matches and scored 83 goals.
- 1961 Burnley transferred their England outside-left Brian Pilkington to Bolton Wanderers after he had played 300 League games for the club and scored 66 goals. He remained at Bolton for three years before moving to Bury and later Barrow.
- 1975 Norwich City lose 1-0 in the League Cup Final to a penalty from Aston Villa's Ray Graydon.
- 1979 West Bromwich Albion meet Leeds United in the teams seventh meeting of the season. The are victorious 2-0 in an FA Cup Fourth Round Replay. The teams had already met three times in the League Cup Second Round (Leeds United winning at the third attempt)and twice in the League(honours even).
- 1984 Robert Maxwell launches a bid to buy Derby County after his earlier bid for Manchester United failed.
- 1987 The hooligan problem which devastated the English game spreads to Holland as the match between Ajax and Den Haag is abandoned at half time as both sets of fans riot.
- 1988 Paul Jewell, later to manage Bradford City to their first taste of the Premiership, scored four goals for Wigan Athletic against Aldershot Town in Division Four.
- 1997 FIFA pass a new law that prevents goalkeepers picking up the ball from a team mates throw in.